1 And as they were speaking to the people, the priests and the 1acaptain of the temple and the 2bSadducees came upon them,
2 Being greatly disturbed because they were teaching the people and announcing 1in Jesus the aresurrection from the dead.
3 And they alaid their hands on them and placed them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening.
4 But many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of men came to about five athousand.
5 And on the next day their rulers and elders and scribes were 1gathered together in Jerusalem,
6 As well as Annas the high priest and 1aCaiaphas and 2John and Alexander and as many as were of high-priestly descent.
7 And they stood them in the midst and inquired, 1By what power or in what name did you do this?
8 Then Peter, 1filled with the Holy aSpirit, said to them, Rulers of the people and elders,
9 If we today are being examined regarding a good deed done to a asick man, by what means this man has been 1healed,
10 Let it be known to you all and to all the people of Israel that in the aname of Jesus Christ the 1Nazarene, whom 2you bcrucified and whom 3God has craised from the dead, in this name this man stands before you in good health.
11 This is the 1stone which was 2considered as nothing by you, the builders, which has become the 3ahead of the corner.
12 And there is salvation in no other, for neither is there another aname under heaven given among men in which we must be bsaved.
13 And as they beheld the aboldness of Peter and John and perceived that they were 1buneducated men and 2laymen, they marveled and they recognized them, that they had been with Jesus.
14 And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say against it.
15 But they ordered them to go away outside the 1aSanhedrin and conferred with one another,
16 Saying, What shall we do to these men? For that indeed a notable asign has occurred through them is manifest to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.
17 But in order that this would not be spread further among the people, let us threaten them that they no longer speak based upon this name to anyone.
18 And when they called them, they charged them anot to utter anything at all nor teach based upon the name of Jesus.
19 But Peter and John answered and said to them, Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you arather than to God, you judge;
20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have aseen and heard.
21 And when they had further threatened them, they released them, finding no way that they could punish them on account of the apeople, because they all were glorifying God for what had happened;
22 For the man on whom this sign of healing had occurred was more than forty years old.
23 And when they had been released, they went to their 1own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them.
24 And when they heard this, they lifted up their voice with aone accord to God and said, 1Sovereign Master, You are the One who has bmade heaven and earth and the sea and all things in them,
25 Who, through the Holy Spirit, through the mouth of our father David Your servant, has said, a"Why did the Gentiles 1rage, and the peoples devise vain things?
26 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord and against aHis Christ.''
27 For truly in this city there were agathered together against Your holy bServant Jesus, whom You canointed, both Herod and dPontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel,
28 To ado what Your hand and Your counsel 1predestined to take place.
29 And now, Lord, look upon their threatenings and grant Your slaves to speak Your word with all aboldness,
30 While astretching out Your hand to heal, and that bsigns and wonders may take place through the cname of Your dholy Servant Jesus.
31 And when they had so besought, the place in which they were gathered was ashaken, and they were all 1filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with bboldness.
32 And the aheart and bsoul of the multitude of those who had believed was one; and 1not even one said that any of his possessions was his own, but all things were 2common to them.
33 And with great apower the apostles gave 1btestimony of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great 2cgrace was upon them all.
34 For aneither was anyone among them in need; for as many as were owners of lands or of houses 1sold them and brought the proceeds of the things which were sold
35 And placed them at the afeet of the apostles; and it was bdistributed to each, as anyone had need.
36 And Joseph, who was surnamed 1aBarnabas by the apostles (which is translated, Son of encouragement), a bLevite, a cCyprian by birth,
37 Who possessed a field, sold it and brought the sum of money and placed it at the feet of the apostles.
1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a piece of property
2 And put aside for himself some of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it. And he brought some part of it and laid it at the afeet of the apostles.
3 But Peter said, Ananias, why has aSatan filled your heart to deceive the 1Holy bSpirit and to put aside for yourself some of the proceeds of the land?
4 While it remained, 1was it not your own? And when it was sold, 1was it not under your authority? Why is it that you have 2contrived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to 3God.
5 And when Ananias heard these words, he afell down and 1expired; and great bfear came upon all those who heard this.
6 And the young men arose and wrapped him up; and carrying him out, they buried him.
7 And it happened that after an interval of about three hours, his wife, not knowing what had happened, came in.
8 And Peter answered her, Tell me whether you have sold the land for this much? And she said, Yes, for this much.
9 And Peter said to her, Why is it that it was 1agreed between you two to atest the bSpirit of the 2Lord? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.
10 And she afell down instantly at his feet and expired. And the young men came in and found her dead; and carrying her out, they buried her with her husband.
11 And great afear came upon the whole 1bchurch and upon all those who heard these things.
12 And through the hands of the apostles many 1signs and wonders took place among the people; and they were all with one aaccord in the bportico of Solomon.
13 And none of the rest dared to join themselves to them, but the apeople magnified them.
14 And believers were all the more being added ato the Lord, bmultitudes of both men and women,
15 So that they even carried the sick out into the astreets and placed them on cots and mats, in order that when Peter came, at least his shadow might bovershadow some of them.
16 And the multitude from the cities surrounding Jerusalem also came together, carrying the asick and those troubled by unclean spirits, for such ones were all being healed.
17 And the high priest and all those with him, the local asect of the bSadducees, rose up and were filled with cjealousy;
18 And they alaid their hands on the apostles and put them in public custody.
19 But during the night an aangel of the Lord bopened the doors of the prison, and leading them out, said,
20 Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the 1awords of 2this life.
21 And when they heard this, they entered about daybreak into the temple and began to teach. And the ahigh priest and those with him came up and called together the bSanhedrin, 1even all the council of elders of the sons of Israel, and sent men to the prison for them to be brought.
22 But when the officers arrived, they did not find them in the prison; and they returned and reported,
23 Saying, The prison we found locked with all security, and the guards standing at the doors; but when we opened the doors, we found no one inside.
24 Now when they heard these words, both the 1acaptain of the temple and the chief priests were utterly perplexed concerning them as to what this would come to.
25 And someone came up and reported to them, Behold, the men whom you put in the prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people.
26 Then the captain with the officers went away and brought them without violence, for they feared the apeople, lest they would be bstoned.
27 And having brought them, they stood them in the aSanhedrin. And the high priest questioned them,
28 Saying, We 1strictly charged you anot to teach based upon this name; and behold, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this man's bblood upon us.
29 But Peter and the apostles answered and said, It is necessary to obey God arather than men.
30 The 1God of our afathers has braised Jesus, whom you slew by hanging Him on a ctree.
31 This One God has 1aexalted to His bright hand as 2Leader and cSavior, to 3give 4drepentance to Israel and eforgiveness of sins.
32 And we are awitnesses of these 1things, and so is the Holy 2bSpirit, whom God has given to those who 3obey Him.
33 But when they aheard this, they were 1exasperated and intended to do away with them.
34 But a certain 1Pharisee in the aSanhedrin named bGamaliel, a cteacher of the law honored by all the people, stood up and commanded that they put the men outside for a little while.
35 And he said to them, Men of Israel, take heed to yourselves, with regard to these men, in what you are about to do.
36 For before these days Theudas rose up, saying that he was somebody, with whom a number of men, about four hundred, took sides. And he was done away with, and all who were persuaded by him were dispersed and came to nothing.
37 After him Judas the Galilean rose up in the days of the aenrollment and drew away a group of people after him. And that man perished, and all who were persuaded by him were scattered.
38 And now I say to you, withdraw from these men and leave them alone; for should this acounsel or this work be of men, it will be overthrown;
39 But if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them, lest you be found to be even afighters against God.
40 And they were persuaded by him. And having called the apostles to them, they abeat them and charged them bnot to speak based upon the name of Jesus; and they released them.
41 So they went from the presence of the aSanhedrin, brejoicing that they were counted worthy 1to be dishonored on behalf of the cName.
42 And every day, in the 1temple and from 2house to house, they did not cease teaching and aannouncing the gospel of 3Jesus as the bChrist.
1 And in these days, as the disciples were amultiplying in number, a murmuring of the 1bHellenists against the 2Hebrews occurred, because their cwidows were being overlooked in the daily ddispensing.
2 And the twelve called the multitude of the disciples to them and said, It is not 1fitting for us to forsake the word of God and serve tables.
3 But brothers, look for seven awell-attested men from among you, 1full of the bSpirit and of 2cwisdom, whom we will appoint over this need.
4 But we will continue steadfastly in 1aprayer and in the bministry of the word.
5 And the word pleased all the multitude; and they chose Stephen, a man full of afaith and of the Holy bSpirit, and cPhilip and Prochorus and Nicanor and Timon and Parmenas and Nicolas, a 1proselyte of Antioch,
6 Whom they set before the apostles; and when they had aprayed, they 1blaid their hands on 2them.
7 And the word of God 1agrew, and the number of the disciples in Jerusalem bmultiplied greatly; and a large number of the priests cobeyed the 2dfaith.
8 And Stephen, full of grace and apower, did great 1wonders and signs among the people.
9 But some of those of the 1synagogue which is called the synagogue of the 2Libertines and of the Cyrenians and of the Alexandrians and of those from Cilicia and Asia rose up and disputed with Stephen;
10 Yet they were not able to awithstand the wisdom and the bSpirit with which he spoke.
11 Then they instigated some men to asay, We have heard him speaking blasphemous words against Moses and God.
12 And they stirred up the people and the elders and the scribes, and they came upon him and seized him and led him to the 1Sanhedrin.
13 And they set up afalse bwitnesses, saying, This man does not cease speaking words cagainst this holy 1place and the law,
14 For we have heard him saying that this Jesus the Nazarene will 1destroy this place and will change the acustoms which Moses delivered to us.
15 And all those sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at him and saw his face as though it were the 1face of an angel.